Time for a bit of clarification, I do believe. Let me quote myself from a prior article published on the Cigar Weekly
website entitiled What Do Your Taste Buds Taste?
"As a substance enters the mouth, it penetrates papillae located on the upper surface of the tongue, stimulating the taste buds. The substance has be liquified.
The human sense of taste recognizes four characteristics - sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness. Alkaline and metallic are sometimes also included. Each taste bud is tuned to react to one of these.
Category-specific taste buds occupy different regions of the tongue. Sweetness and saltiness are predominantly sensed on the tip and front portion, sourness mostly along the edges and bitterness at the rear.
Substances exhibiting multiple characteristics are screened in stages. For example, bittersweet substances are tasted as first sweet and then bitter.
Sight, touch and smell are also important to flavor perception. Visual stimulation often induces subjective taste reactions. And touch involves oral recognition of texture. Foremost is the sense of smell, as olfactory nerve fibers exert tremendous influence upon taste perception. Humans can detect over thirty primary aromas."
Now superficially at least, it would appear that one's sense of smell far outstrips one's sense of taste. This view, however, does not take into account either the phenomenon of recondensation (as a small portion of the vapours from a spirit discerned by one's olfactory epithelium subsequently transmutate back to liquid form and are once again able to be perceived by one's taste buds) or the synergistic manner in which one's brain stores and interprets all of the above-mentioned sequentially conveyed information. Add to these factors the influence of previously ingested substances (such as food or that last sip), and a quite complicated scenario begins to unfold.
I remain undecided.
And I'm very glad to see I'm no longer alone in having voted 'other'.